Karlstad University / Karlstad Business School

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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences welcome applications for a doctoral studentship leading to a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems, in the area of “eHealth” at Karlstad University. Information Systems has many years of research experience in the area, from approaches such as IT support for multidisciplinary team meetings, privacy in the collection and management of health-related data, process orientation in healthcare digitisation, and robots to assist healthcare professionals. Some of the research is conducted within the framework of CTF, the Service Research Centre.


A doctoral student is expected to mainly engage in doctoral studies. The doctoral programme consists of 240 higher education credits, including the doctoral thesis, and 120 higher education credits for a degree of licentiate. A doctoral student works independently and is prepared to contribute to the discipline’s and the Department’s activities as well as to conduct teaching and administration. Such duties may not constitute more than 20% of full-time.

To contribute to a positive work environment and the department’s activities, the doctoral student will be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must meet the general and specific entry requirements (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35).

To meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have been awarded a second-cycle qualification; satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were at master level; or acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 39).

To meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in Information Systems, the applicant must hold a Degree of Master (60 ECTS credits) in the main field of Information Systems or Project Management. An applicant can also be eligible after having acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way, in the country or abroad.

Admission and assessment criteria

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must be considered to have the ability required to benefit from the programme (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35). Admission is based on individual assessment.

The assessment will focus on the applicant’s results in previous studies, the quality of any independent written projects included in previous studies, the research plan where the applicant describes the intended thesis project, and to what extent the applicant intends to be a physically present and active member of the research environment.

Academic projects that are relevant to the specialisation of this position are valuable qualifications.

Considerable weight will be given to personal qualities such as the ability to cooperate, sound judgement, autonomy, responsibility, dedication, and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students.


Upon admission to doctoral studies, the person will be offered the appointment of doctoral student (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 5, Sect. 3). The position comprises four years of full-time studies, or five years at a study rate of 80% with 20% teaching or other departmental duties. The position is fixed-term — one year initially, followed by possible extensions by a maximum of two years at a time. Start date as negotiated.

The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University.

Further information

Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities and life experiences.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications. Include two references, for example from teachers, supervisors, or previous or current managers.

The application should include:

  • a cover letter where the applicant details the reasons behind their interest in the position (maximum one A4 page)
  • a list of qualifications (CV)
  • degree certificate with a complete transcript of the courses included, or a certified list of completed courses with grades and dates
  • copy of Master’s thesis or similar
  • where applicable, copies of publications or certificates for other qualifications
  • a brief research plan (1,000–2,500 words)
  • possibly letters of recommendation.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to the following address:

Karlstads universitet

State the ref.no: REK 2021/107

Application deadline: 21 July 2021


We look forward to your application!


Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary According to local collective agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2021/107
  • John Sören Pettersson, professor, ämnesföreträdare, +46(0)54-700 2553
  • Martin Grimberg Löfgren, prefekt, +46(0)54-700 1975
  • Bridget Kane, docent, bridget.kane@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46(0)54-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46(0)54-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, +46(0)54-700 1404
Published 25.May.2021
Last application date 21.Jul.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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